Ford’s two-vehicle strategy is paying off.
Ford Police Advisory Board – Spring 2013
By: Police Fleet Manager Staff
Since their introduction, the PI Sedan and PI Utility have come standard with All-Wheel Drive. (See the July-August 2013 issue of Police Fleet Manager, or go to www.hendonpub.com, Resources, Article Archives.) On both vehicles and all powertrains except the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, Front-Wheel Drive was a delete-for-credit option. New for 2014, based on take-rates, Ford has made some powertrain changes.
The PI Sedan now comes standard with the 3.7L V6 engine and AWD. The 3.7L V6 was a mid-year release option on the PI Sedan. The 3.5L V6 with FWD remains a delete-for-credit option, i.e., the AWD with the 3.5L engine has been dropped. As an aside, the 3.7L engine produces more horsepower and gets better fuel economy.
FWD was available on the PI Utility. For 2014, all PI Utility vehicles will be AWD, i.e., the FWD version has been dropped. So, both the PI Sedan and PI Utility come standard with the 3.7L V6 and AWD. The two vehicles are based on the same platform and share many components.
New for 2014
For 2014, a lower front grille is now standard on the PI Sedan. The extra protection for the trans cooler and radiator against rocks and road debris is now standard. A deflector plate has been standard on the PI Sedan since its introduction. For the first time, this plate is an option on the PI Utility. A “skid” plate is designed to hold the entire weight of the vehicle. A “deflector” plate is designed to protect lower driveline parts from glancing blows, i.e., it is lighter in construction than a skid plate.
A trunk release button, powered via the key in the switch instead of always-hot from the battery, is now optional on the PI Sedan. Also for 2014, the PI Utility has an optional IP-mounted push button to open the rear liftgate. Also on the PI Utility is an optional small, lockable storage vault in the cargo bay. Non-smoked, non-tinted glass is also a new option for the PI Utility.
On both the PI Sedan and PI Utility, the front-center console mounting plate is standard, but this feature may be deleted. The full 9-inch space between the front seats remains. For 2014, scuff guards are now optional for the leading edge of the rear doors on both the PI Sedan and PI Utility. The Utility scuff guards include the rear bumper / tailgate. This prevents the rubbing and wearing of the paint on the rear door as the officer enters and exits. LED mirror caps are now optional on the PI Utility as are LED side vents for the PI Sedan.
The MyFleet Speed Management is optional for both Police Interceptors. With this option, the department may program the top speed of the vehicle in 5 mph increments from 90 mph to the factory set top speed of the vehicle. Both the 3.7L PI Sedan and 3.7L PI Utility reach 131 mph, while the 3.5L EcoBoost PI Sedan reaches 148 mph. Using a scan tool, the department can lower the top speed to match their policy, and then return it to the original factory setting when the vehicle is sold.
Ultimate Wiring Package
A new option for both the PI Sedan and PI Utility is the Ultimate Wiring Package. The Ultimate Wiring Package allows departments to upfit their own make and model of emergency lights. A companion Police Wire Harness Connector Kit is now separately available for both the front and rear of both vehicles.
For example, on the PI Sedan, the Ultimate Wiring Package includes a rear console mounting plate and an Instrument Panel to trunk overlay harness. This harness includes two LED light cables supporting up to six LEDs, trunk power distribution box, two 50-amp battery and ground circuits in the trunk, and one 10-amp siren speakers circuit from the engine bay to the trunk. The Package also includes rear backup/decklid/trunk wiring supporting up to six rear LEDs.
Seat Belt Receptacle
The length of the seat belt receptacle is a trade-off. A longer receptacle may increase the seat belt use rate. A receptacle that extends farther up and around the right side holster makes it faster and easier to both fasten and unfasten. However, a longer receptacle moves the seat belt–shoulder harness attachment point (the so-called hip-point or H-point) higher on the hips.
To address officer comfort, Ford has modified the 2014 Interceptors with a new belt buckle receptacle to better accommodate officers while entering and exiting. The upfitted part can be ordered from Ford to retro fit any 2013 Interceptor.
Test Drive the PI
Ford Fleet recently changed the way they encourage officers to get some seat time in their new Police Interceptors. Before the formal launch and full production, Ford conducted regional Ride & Drive events all across the country. Now that the vehicles have been launched, 300 demonstrator vehicles are with dealerships around the nation. Contact your regional Government Account Manager for a list of dealers near you with one of these dealer demos.
Ford is still conducting their two-day Police Interceptor Technician Training courses. (See the September-October 2012 and November-December 2012 issues of Police Fleet Manager for coverage of this must-have, hands-on training.) Since there is a flat fee for the training, it makes sense for departments to work together to provide training for up to 20 technicians.
The tech training course is long on driveability diagnostics. However, it should be a must-attend for any department that does even the most basic oil changes/brake replacements. The PI Sedan and PI Utility are a 30-year jump in technology over the CVPI. This course closes that gap.
New Modifier’s Guide
For the 2013-2014 model year, Ford Fleet is making a real effort to have their online Modifier’s Guide as user-friendly as possible. First, this must-read for all upfitters is easier to find on the Ford website. Go to www.fleet.ford.com, click Showroom, and then click Police Vehicles. The icon for the 2013 Police Modifier’s Guide is easy to find on the Police Vehicle page.
The online Guide is divided into two parts: PDFs for the basic Modifier’s Guide and PDFs for Police Modifier Bulletins. The Guide itself is 260 pages long, over twice the content of the industry-changing CVPI Guide. Since it is so big, Ford Fleet recently made the Table of Contents more descriptive, more detailed, more user-friendly. The new police Modifier’s Guide is easier and faster to find what you are looking for. The seven separate PDFs cover topics such as Installation Considerations, Trunk Mounting Considerations, and Reference Information.
The Electrical section, for example, has been divided into two parts: 1) a higher level overview of general electrical specs, tables, procedures, wiring guidelines, wire routing and electrical schematics, and 2) a more detailed review of the electrical aspects of the various packages and options.
The Police Modifier Bulletins are Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) bulletins. Rather than update the main Modifier’s Guide, these Police Modifier Bulletins serve as addendums, permanent amendments to the main Guide. These SVE bulletins are also being tweaked to be as user-friendly as possible. For example, Bulletin P-001 discusses the PI wiring harnesses; P-009 covers PI headlamp options; P-014 explains the Ready-For-The-Road option 67H; and P-017 covers PI wrap washing guidelines.
Each bulletin contains a functional description and an image or illustration, showing the position on the vehicle. These SVE images or illustrations now exactly match the Work Shop Manual (WSM) for consistency of information. The remove–install information is still in the WSM and is repeated in the SVE bulletin for those who may not have access to the WSM. The Police Modifier Bulletins typically contain an actual photo of the unit and an electrical schematic. These SVE bulletins also contain a reference to the location of the unit in the WSM.